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Destination Published author success programs with Carla King


Create a foundation for success, be free to self-publish, become a hybrid author, or pursue an agent and a traditional publishing deal. Prepare your manuscript professionally, distribute, market, and sell your books. The Destination Published Author Success program is part of Carla King's adventures in travel, writing and publishing community. Join for free and find authors like you in live and on-demand video courses and workshops, along with group meetings and communities to help you band together and get it done! You don’t have to do this alone. Stay motivated, energized, and take consistent action to make your book a reality.

Prep for Launch: Write in Public

Marketing starts here! Test your book. Gather a tribe of early readers who will become your superfans, build a platform on the web, make sure your book lands on the right virtual shelves. Prepare your manuscript to professional standards, and be free to self-publish or get an agent and a traditional publishing deal. 

Set Up Your Own Publishing Business

As an independent author and publisher you wear many hats, including that of a small-business owner. This role can be rewarding because you have so much more control than if you sell your books to a publishing company.  Legal, taxes, business plans, copyright, and so much more. It's your book and your business. Stay in control!

Formatting and Design Essentials

Formatting, production, interior and book cover design. It takes a village! What is PDF, EPUB, and MOBI? What goes on the front, back, cover, and inside flaps? How do I size images? What fonts should I use for print and digital versions? Learn how to do it yourself or better yet, hire it out to the right professionals. 

And still more workshops (outlining, storytelling, bios, and more) and courses (distribution, direct sales, and PR & marketing strategies_. You'll be in good company with other authors as you learn and take action to continue the momentum until your book is published to readers eager to buy it.


Here's what authors are saying about the courses, which are now included in the community in both on-demand (video) and live, along with workshops, discussion groups, and more. 

Carla’s course is a must for the novice and seasoned self-publisher alike. She lays out the essential steps in a logical and understandable way. She’ll answer questions you didn’t know you had about the publishing industry!

            Jeanette F. Chaplin, Ed.D., Fireweed Glow 

It's actually fun to take these lessons. They are full of good advice, practical tips, and they include tons of resource material, all presented in a manner that is easy to follow and use. 

           Tamara Merrill, The Augustus Family Trilogy

I love creating courses, workshops and communities with you so you can get your book finished and published to an audience who is eager to buy it. I've been self-publishing since 1995. Back then I was a technical writer who penned a bicycling guide to the South of France. I dreamed of writing guidebooks, travel articles, and travelogues as my full-time job. Publishing companies liked my work but said it wasn't mainstream enough, which is why I turned to self-publishing. And I succeeded!

Pretty soon other authors started asking me how I did it, so I started teaching workshops and writing how-to guides. I loved it! I loved helping authors sort through all the products and services available to find the right ones. I loved testing new ebook creation technologies. I loved meeting the founders of these companies, presenting at conferences, and consulting with authors.

I'm living my dream: writing, publishing, traveling, and helping writers succeed in their publishing journeys. I want to help you live your dream, too! Please let me know how I can help you. Contact me here.


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